Frederik Backaert has extended his contract with Wanty-Groupe Gobert for one year. The Flandrien begins in 2018 his fifth season in the Belgian ProContinental team. Backaert, 27 years old, started as a pro in 2014 and won the 7th stage of the Tour of Austria in 2016. The rider from Brakel starts his first Tour de France in July.
"I wanted to sign before the Tour of France so I could assure my future and take some pressure away. That does not change my motivation for the Tour, in which I want to show myself! Since the start at the team four years ago, I notice progression every year. Not only in budget but also structural. The ambiance has also been continuously improved here. I hope to grow each year, as I have done so far. "
"I also had contact with other teams, but in a WorldTour team I should always work for a leader. I would like to take my own chances sometimes. I want to continue to focus on the classics, and maybe finish a grand tour to increase my engine. The team has confidence in me. That brings motivation and results."